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Seuss's World War II Cartoons

Dr. Seuss Went to War. The Dr. Seuss Collection. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego at La Jolla. <http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dspolitic/index.htm>. A complete catalog of Seuss's World War II cartoons.

Jenkins, Henry. "'No Matter How Small': The Democratic Imagination of Dr. Seuss." Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. Ed. Jenkins, Tara McPherson, Jane Shattuc. Durham and London: Duke UP, 2002. 187-208.

Minear, Richard H. Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Introduction by Art. Speigelman. New York: New Press, 1999. Offers a generous selection of Seuss's cartoons and situates them historically: highly recommended.

Nel, Philip. "'Said a Bird in the Midst of a Blitz...': How World War II Created Dr. Seuss." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 34.2 (June 2001): 65-85. <http://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/mosaic/backlist/2001/June/nelessay34-2.html>. See also the revised version of this essay, which appears as "Dr. Seuss vs. Adolf Hitler: A Political Education" in Nel's Dr. Seuss: American Icon (Continuum, 2004), pp. 39-62.

PBS' Independent Lens: "The Political Dr. Seuss" (premieres 26 Oct. 2004). Also includes a "Learn More" page, listing further resources.

The Newspaper PM (in which the above cartoons appeared)

Margolick, David. "PM's Impossible Dream." Vanity Fair January 1999: 116-132. A concise, well-written history of PM, including a number of great photographs. Recommended.

Milkman, Paul. PM: A New Deal in Journalism, 1940-1948. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997. The definitive history of the newspaper: highly recommended.

Nel, Philip. About the Newspaper PM. <http://www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/purple/miscellaneous/pm.html>. Draws heavily on the above two sources.

Biographies of Seuss

Cohen, Charles. The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss. New York: Random House, 2004.

Morgan, Judith, and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel. New York: Random House, 1995. The definitive biography: highly recommended.

Seuss on the Web

Nel, Philip. Dr. Seuss on the Web. <http://www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/seuss/>. A collection of links to Seuss resources.

Dr. Seuss's Overtly Political Children's Books

Seuss, Dr. Bartholomew and the Oobleck. 1949. New York: Random House, 1977.

---. Horton Hears a Who! New York: Random House, 1954.

---. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! New York: Random House, 1957.

---. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1958.

---. The Sneetches and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1961.

---. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971.

---. The Butter Battle Book. New York: Random House, 1984.

Children's Books about Japanese-Americans and World War II*

Hamanaka, Sheila. The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism, and Renewal. 1990. Orchard Books, 1995.

Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. Illus. Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1993.

---. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Illus. Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1997.

Say, Allen. Home of the Brave. Walter Lorraine, 2002.

---. The Bicycle Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982.

Shigekawa, Marlene. Blue Jay in the Desert. Illus. Isao Kikuchi. Polychrome, 1993.

Takashima, Shizuye. Child in Prison Camp. 1971. Tundra Books, 1991. About Japanese-Canadians.

Yoshiko, Uchida. Journey to Topaz. Illus. Donald Carrick. Scott Foresman, 1988.

---. Journey Home. Illus. by Charles Robinson. Scott Foresman, 1992.


* For help in compiling this list, thanks to Terry Sherwin, Jeffrey Canton, Brian Witkowski, and Nick Glass.

World War II

BBC -- History -- World War II. Includes an array of valuable resources. Highly recommended.

Steven Schoenherr's World War II Timeline

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Images of Dr. Seuss's WWII cartoons have been taken from Dr. Seuss Went to War, a catalog of Seuss's World War II cartoons (1941-43) at the Dr. Seuss Collection (Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego). The copyright holder of these cartoons is not known.


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